Bar Harbor Public Works
(Bar Harbor) – An Ellsworth High School graduate will become the next public works director in Bar Harbor. The Mt. Desert Islander reports Bethany Leavitt of Arlington Virginia will return home to Hancock County to take the job left vacant when Chip Reeves resigned to take an engineering job in the private sector. Leavitt holds a civil engineering degree from the University of Maine and works for a Washington DC engineering firm. She’ll start on the job in Bar Harbor at the end of the year.
(Augusta) – The Attorney General’s office is investigating a police involved shooting in Augusta. It happened early Sunday morning on Belfast Avenue when Officer Sebastian Guptill tried to arrest 27-year old Robert Farrington who was wanted by Fairfield police for domestic violence and animal cruelty. The two got into a confrontation and Farrington was wounded. He’s hospitalized in stable condition.
(Canaan) – A weekend accident has killed a 55-year old Clinton man and left two others injured. It happened on the Hill Road in Canaan Saturday night when the Ford Mustang that 44-year old David Johnson was driving went off the road and hit a tree. Scott Miller died in the crash and Johnson and another person in the car suffered injuries. State Police spokesman Steve McCausland reports to Star 97.7 that alcohol was likely a factor.
(Northport) – The end of the year looks to be the end of the road for the Point Lookout conference center in Northport. The couple that bought the mountainside property says they’ve received no offers to run the conference center since publicly putting out the opportunity in September. The Bangor Daily News reports the couple will keep the fitness center open and rent out about 30-cabins as vacation rentals, but the on campus restaurant will go up for lease at year’s end.
(Augusta) Maine’s Bicentennial Commission will unveil the official Commemorative Coin this morning at the Maine State House in Augusta. Maine Bicentennial Commission Chairman Senator Bill Diamond will lead the event at the Hall of Flags. Two hundred coins are available in nickel and numbered on their edge, making them highly collectible. The Bicentennial Commission will sell these coins on a first-come, first-served basis at the unveiling this morning at 10:45. Buyers will be limited to purchasing no more than two numbered coins. After the unveiling event, coins will be available for purchase, while supplies last, online at: Maine 200 dot Org.
(Blue Hill) A representative of the U.S. Census Bureau will be in Blue Hill next month to answer questions about working for the 2020 Census. The Blue Hill Public Library will host Linda White on December 3rd from 12:30 ‘til 2:45. The base salary for census workers in Maine will be $17.50 per hour, plus mileage. White will be available to help people fill out applications to become a census taker. It’s free to attend and there’s no obligation to apply.
Former Police Chief Dies
(Searsport) The former police chief in Searsport lost his battle with cancer. Richard LaHaye held the police chief post in Searsport for 12 years and stepped down this summer. Prior to that he worked for Maine Patrol for two decades. LaHaye also served as president of the Maine Chiefs of Police Association in 2018-2019. He died Thursday at the age of 65.
(Bangor) A priest who got into a fight with man who’s now on trial for murder says the victim was his best friend. The Reverend Anthony Cipolle testified the fight erupted because Philip Clark was angry that he and the victim, Clark’s sister-in-law, had removed some tools. Two hours later, Renee Henneberry Clark was shot 10 times in her apartment in Hampden. The Bangor Daily News reports that Cipolle testified Thursday he helped Henneberry Clark remove marital assets in July 2018 because she feared her husband and Philip Clark. He told jurors he didn’t realize the tools belonged to the defendant.
Wife Shot Verdict
(Windham) A jury has convicted a Windham man who shot and killed his wife in their home. The defense didn’t dispute that Noah Gaston shot his wife, but contended he thought she was an intruder on the morning of Jan. 14, 2016. Prosecutors said he intended to kill Alicia Gaston, or at least acted recklessly. The jury weighed whether to convict Noah Gaston of manslaughter or murder, or neither. Jurors deliberated for several hours Wednesday and all day on Thursday. They reached their conclusion Friday morning, finding him guilty of murder.
- New England Patriots 13 Dallas Cowboys 9
- The Celtics host the Sacramento Kings tonight. Boston will be without guard Kemba Walker after he sprained his neck in a loss to Denver.
- College men’s Basketball: U-Maine 90 Maine Maritime Academy 50
- College women’s Basketball: Maine 46 Navy 41